Sometimes life brings the sweetest surprises. One day recently I was taking my morning walk, and I met a young mother pushing a baby stroller with another child, about three years old, sort of straggling along. She seemed distressed and wanted to go back the opposite way. As I approached them, I said hello to the mother, and the little girl took my hand and started telling me about a frog they’d seen that has a broken leg.
I glanced at the mother to see if it was ok that I was interacting with the little girl, and it seemed fine. The little girl told me in great detail about the frog and wanted to walk me back to where she saw it. The mother did a U-turn, and back we went. The frog wasn’t there, and the mother said it probably went into the culvert to be safe from other animals. The little girl wanted to take me into the ditch and look into the culvert.
The mother said, “No, the frog’s resting there. There will be other frogs.” Brilliant. That comment eased the child’s disturbance. She still had ahold of my hand and asked me to walk with them. I said I was going the other way, and the mother said the child could hug me goodbye. She did and gave me the ultimate present–two rocks from the road. I told her those would be my good luck rocks.
I put those rocks next to my computer to inspire me with difficult deadlines and writing jobs, reminding me that God shows up in quite unexpected ways, if one is open and willing to receive.